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Smokers group sues over smoke ban in NYC park

New York (AP) -- A Brooklyn-based smokers group is suing the Hudson River Park Trust over its ban on lighting up on the five-mile-long riverfront park on Manhattan's west side.

The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan by Audrey Silk and her New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment was made public Wednesday.

In the lawsuit, Silk claims the trust unconstitutionally banned smoking and didn't have the authority to do so.

The trust is a public benefit corporation. It banned smoking, saying it had authority under a 1998 state law granting the right to adopt rules to protect the public.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a 2011 bill banning smoking in city parks.

A spokesman for the Hudson River Park Trust said the organization doesn't comment on pending litigation.

 
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